Ypao Beach Park is one of the most happening places in Guam. Also known as Joseph Flores Beach Park, Ypao is located at the southern end of Tumon Bay and is very popular for family picnics, barbecues, swimming and sporting activities, as well as concerts, contests, parties, and community events that are held at the large amphitheater or in one of the covered pavilions. This is clearly the busiest beach in Guam, especially during the weekends.
Guam is a US territory in the Pacific Ocean. It is located east of the Philippines, south of Japan, north of the equator and near the Marianas Trench. Though Guam is the largest island in Micronesia, it is quite tiny for a country, only 210 square miles. Tourists from all over the world come here for its balmy beaches, amazing dive sites, and exciting local culture. Unlike the many popular island-resorts in Asia, Guam beaches are never overcrowded and the shops accept US dollars since it is the country’s local currency. People come here for scuba diving, snorkeling, jet-skiing, kayaking, parasailing, partying, trekking, and golf. There are also community events and fiestas going on almost all year round. Besides all these, the real draw is the island’s perfect weather and the local people’s friendliness and hospitability.
The best that Guam has to offer – sun, fun, and water – is in Ypao Beach Park. The water is perfect for snorkeling. There are shallow and a bit deeper areas to view an array of brilliantly colored reef fishes swimming in and around interesting coral formations. The best spot for snorkeling is marked with a floating red flag. It is hard to miss. Although the waters are usually calm and clear, tourists are warned that the currents can be unfriendly at times, and so it is wise to first check with the lifeguard. Other reasons to be cautious are sea snakes, scorpions and stonefish.
For people who are not into snorkeling, relaxing by the beach while waiting for the sunset is also a great way to spend time in Ypao. Beach bumming in the Pacific as the sun slowly sets in the horizon, there’s just nothing like it.
As night falls, it’s time to party. Nightlife is another reason why people flock to Ypao. The Chamorro people, natives of Guam, are very friendly and love mingling with tourists. They enjoy fiestas and carnivals, having been culturally influenced by the Spanish. In Ypao, tourists are entertained with nightly fiesta-like parties and drinking especially during the weekends. Local bars and strip clubs keep US sailors and visitors awake until the wee hours of the morning.
Yet, sadly, nothing can be perfect, even this amazing beach. The main problem at Ypao Beach Park is the trash. There can be so many littered beer cans and spoils, and hundreds of flies swarming. Some tourists have been turned off by the site of so many pieces of garbage. To them, it is just a show of disrespect to Nature and to other tourists who are trying to enjoy their vacation. Other than that, everything else is simply spectacular.